Today has been a truly wonderful day as we celebrated the First Communion of our children whose bus was blown up just two weeks ago. We had our first service for the children’s families on Friday. I will never forget what one little boy said on Friday, “we knew Jesus was here with us when we came into the church, because we saw him on the bus when it was blown up”. The pictures below are of the children and the distribution of relief after church today, which was boxes of MRE’s (“Meals Ready To Eat”) left over by the US Army.
Yesterday was a good day at the US Embassy, I spoke on “The Fear and Love of the Lord”. Looking at the readings for this Sabbath, I was immediately drawn to Psalm 111. In it fear of the Lord is mentioned twice in verses 5 and 10. The fear of the Lord is essential to our faith and practise, it is the thing that keeps us from sinning as we realise how awesome our G-d is and also what leads us into wisdom. It is so interesting though to see that both times when fear of the Lord is mentioned, so too is the everlasting covenant of G-d. G-d has made such an incredible eternal covenant with us. Why did he make that covenant with us? Simply because he loved us. And why did He love us? Because he loved us. So we see that G-d’s love to us and our fear of Him are intrinsically linked. Fear and love of the Lord go together!
Assange, the founder of Wikileaks has hit the news. I have to confess that I have no sympathy for him. The way that he released sensitive information from the US Embassy here in Baghdad was despicable. He is calling for his personal human rights, yet he did not provide that for the Jews of Iraq. He listed the names of all seven and their addresses here in Baghdad and named me as the person who is helping them. All those who endanger the lives of others in such a way should be held to account for their actions.
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